LG BH100 Super Multi Blue Blu-ray/HD DVD Player: First Look
Sound & Vision Magazine
26 February 2008
Excerpt: Is this the format war killer we've all been waiting for? We're concerned that this player won't be compatible with HD DVD's HDi authoring and interactivity, which could potentially lead to disc compatibility issues, but beyond that we're very anxious to see and hear this player and put it through...
Conclusion: LG delivers the first set-top player that supports HD DVD and Blu-ray movies. But the BH100's HD DVD support is limited to basic playback, as it lacks the format's interactive and online capabilities as well as support for enhanced menu features.
Pros: Plays HD DVD and Blu-ray movies. Supports 1080p24 output via HDMI. Useful and well-crafted on-screen display.
Cons: Does not support interactive/online/graphical HD DVD features. Remote is missing a basic HD DVD navigation-control feature. Remote's backlight is essentially useless. No 1080p upconversion. No support for 1080p60 output.
Excerpt: Step into the next century, and a common refrain among the unwashed today is that they'll be interested in buying a next-gen player when there's a clear winner in the format war or a combi player that plays both formats.
Summary: For performance enthusiasts using current technology the "full meal deal" is true 1080p24 output directly from the disc bit stream for HD disc that adheres to video standards, 1080p24 or 1080p60 for SD DVD upconversion, and HD audio multichannel PCM supporting all HD audio codecs via HDMI or an HD...
Excerpt: Well, no one saw this coming. We’re not that far into the format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray, and LG has come out with the BH100, a player that plays both formats. So, is that it? Format war over? Hardly.
Excerpt: After Sony we're moving on to LG to continue our high-def buffet; and this time we have something even cooler: a combo player. Yes, here's an example of HD DVD and Blu-ray in the same chassis, the release of which I was thrilled to cover back when it released globally.
Summary: Ever since we first learned about the format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD, we’ve been waiting for a player like this: something blessed with a hefty dose of what some AV industry insiders like to call ‘good sense'.